Paramount+ officially gave green light to a new one Phrases series with Kelsey Grammer in October. The revival will see Grammer once again play psychiatrist-turned-radio host Frasier Crane, and while the actor once hoped that original cast would also return, it looks like that won’t be the case when it comes to David Hyde Pierce.
While talking to Peoplesaid Kelsey Grammer, “For a while we were going to try to bring back the whole cast, the whole legacy cast,” but that all changed when David Hyde Pierce turned down the project. Of course, Pierce played Niles Crane on Phrasesbut Grammer said, “David basically decided that he wasn’t really interested in repeating Niles’ performance,” which is certainly reasonable. When David Hyde Pierce decided not to return for the Frasier revival, Grammer said it ended up benefiting the project. “In a very funny way, it just took us to a new place,Grammer said,which was what we originally wanted to do anyway, which was a Phrases third act. It’s a whole new life for him.” While it might be a little sad not to see Frasier and Niles reunite, it’s probably for the best that the show is charting its own course.
As to where Phrases revival will find its protagonist, said Kelsey Grammer, “He’s our brave little soldier moving on in life, finding new challenges and a new love and new people and a new town and stuff.“The actor added that they will”always honor the past,” especially the passing of John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane. “We will definitely manage thatGrammer said. The new series is expected to consist of ten episodes, and Grammer said they will begin rehearsals in February. The actor first appeared as Frasier Crane in Cheers in 1984 and played the character until the series ended in 1993, after which he starred in his own series from 1993-2004.